By Brian Alexander

For readers of Hillbilly Elegy and Strangers of their personal Land

**A New York publish Must-Read booklet, a Newsweek top New ebook, one among The Week's 20 Books to learn in 2017, one in every of Bustle's sixteen most sensible Nonfiction Books Coming in February 2017**

"Remarkably nuanced...should be required reading." - Beth Macy, writer of Factory Man

"Glass House’s subtitle...hints on the book’s distinction from its best-selling predecessor. Alexander’s ebook is much less own, much less tortured, a piece of journalism way more prepared to indict forces higher than the obdurate, delusional satisfaction of the white operating category. This ebook hunts larger game." -Laura Miller, Slate

In 1947, Forbes journal declared Lancaster, Ohio the epitome of the all-American city. this day it really is broken, discouraged, and scuffling with for its destiny. In Glass House, journalist Brian Alexander makes use of the tale of 1 city to teach how seeds sown 35 years in the past have sprouted to offer us Trumpism, inequality, and an eroding nationwide cohesion.

The Anchor Hocking Glass corporation, as soon as the world’s biggest maker of glass tableware, used to be the bottom on which Lancaster’s society used to be equipped. As Glass condominium unfolds, financial disaster looms. With entry to the corporate and its leaders, and Lancaster’s voters, Alexander indicates how monetary engineering took carry within the Eighties, speeded up within the twenty first Century, and wrecked the corporate. We persist with CEO Sam Solomon, an African-American prime the approximately all-white town’s largest deepest supplier, as he attempts to rescue the corporate from the hot York deepest fairness company that employed him. in the meantime, Alexander is going behind the curtain, entwined with the lives of citizens as they strive against with heroin, politics, high-interest creditors, low salary jobs, know-how, and the hot calls for of yankee lifestyles: humans like Brian Gossett, the fourth new release to paintings at Anchor Hocking; Joe Piccolo, first-time director of the yearly track pageant who discovers town depends on him, and it, for salvation; Jason Roach, who police believed could have been Lancaster’s greatest drug broker; and Eric Brown, an area soccer hero-turned-cop who involves observe that he can by no means arrest Lancaster’s actual problems.

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John Stewart, a Monomoy managing director, stood at a whiteboard, where he juggled some numbers on a chart with a couple of consultants from Alvarez & Marsal—an international “professional services” firm that deploys a gaggle of fix-its and charges enormous sums of money to tell companies how to get out of whatever swamp they’ve steered themselves into. Solomon was a corporate gypsy with brands like Procter & Gamble, Coleman, and Sears on his résumé. He knew his way around a chart. So, within minutes of entering the room, he understood that EveryWare was in deeper trouble than he’d expected.

But Brian didn’t think either he or Plant 1 were being treated with the respect they deserved. That’s why he said he hated his job. “The people who own the place don’t give a shit about us,” he said. “The whole place is a piece of shit. Nothing works in there; they just put Band-Aids on it. ” In January 2014, just as workers were returning from the annual Christmas shutdown, Tank 3, years overdue for a total rebuild, failed. Igneous glass ate through the bottom of the tank. A tide of fire spawned flames and smoke as it made its way into the basement.

He took lessons at the county airport and racked up twenty-eight hours in the air. He liked school, too, earning good grades, and came close to winning a student council election. ” There was talk of expelling him, but his parents pleaded. Mark wound up being assigned to Occupational Work Experience (OWE). The program was intended to provide work training in addition to school for some trade-oriented students. Mark was not a trade-oriented student, but his parents said he could work in their business.

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